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Top 6 Mistakes in Hiring a Car Wreck Lawyer


Top six mistakes people make when hiring a personal injury lawyer

Here are the top six mistakes made by people when hiring a personal injury attorney:

Hiring a lawyer referred by a friend or family member

What you need to know when getting a auto accident attorneyA great number of personal injury attorneys get hired because they are friends with someone who is also friends or a family member of the victim. While in some instances this is fine as the attorney is a highly rated and effective car accident lawyer, some of these situations turn out less than optimum for the victim because the attorney is not the right choice for the case.

As set forth below, choosing the attorney who is best for your case depends on many factors including, experience with the specific case type, prior results, and integrity.

Hiring a lawyer who does not do just personal injury

This is particularly true if you have a very serious injury case such as an injury caused by an accident requiring surgery, or a more permanent type of injury. The more serious your case the more likely it is you will require someone with extensive experience in personal injury. General practitioners are appropriate for small car wreck cases but once significant money is on the line, the victim should consider someone who does personal injury only.

And if the case is a niche practice area like a truck accident lawyer, it is best to do some research to get the best truck accident lawyer near you.

Believing bigger is better

Many car accident victims hire attorneys because the firm has many lawyers and they are impressed with the size of the law firm. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually true and that a named partner may meet with the victim and assure them they will handle the case, and as soon as the person walks out the door the cases are assigned to an inexperienced associate who will do 98% of the work on the file.

Having inexperienced lawyers doing the work is an everyday occurrence in large law firms and a part of their business model. Selecting a smaller firm or individual attorney is often a better choice for specialized litigation and also to ensure that the attorney that you are hiring actually will do the work on your case.

Not researching the attorney before signing paperwork

In our Houston personal injury practice, we get telephone calls almost every day from people who are dissatisfied with the representation they are receiving from other lawyers. At least 50% of these calls could be eliminated if the persons seeking now to fire their attorney had done their due diligence and researched the attorney before signing paperwork with the lawyer.

There are many different attorney rating organizations and some are much better than others. Unfortunately, it is hard for a non-lawyer to tell the real ratings driven by peer reviews as opposed to market-driven ratings where the rating company has a business relationship with the attorneys.

Nevertheless, an online search can reveal many different sources of information regarding an attorney, his or her experience, his or her results, and how other clients felt about the relationship. We recommend that victims spend a little more time looking closely at reviews to see which may be accurate and real and those that may be by friends of the attorney.

Hiring a settlement lawyer

There are certain law firms in the greater Houston area that are known as “settlement” law firms. Many of these settlement law firms are advertising on TV and also handle a real high volume of personal injury claims. The high-volume settlement business model is a disaster for personal injury victims because the firm’s business model depends on a quick settlement with minimum attorney involvement to be profitable.

Personal injury clients usually feel like they got the shaft when they see what the actual take home to them is from one of these firms. Hiring a high-volume settlement firm is calculated to do anything but maximize your monetary recovery in your pocket.

Hiring an attorney who estimates the value of the case before your medical care is finished

Many people hire an attorney who gives them a high estimate of value early on in the case and certainly before a real informed opinion can be formed. Almost universally, the victims sign the paperwork only to be disappointed and disillusioned later on.

Of course, the attorney will have an excuse or explanation for why the settlement didn’t turn out so well. Picking an attorney because they voice the largest number upfront is a prescription for disappointment and further calls into question the integrity of the attorney.

In short, by doing a little research most personal injury victims can avoid the pitfalls of retaining a lawyer who is not appropriate for their case. Many do not realize that they made a mistake until they get into their case and by then, the damage has been done. While clients can always fire their attorneys, this can open up a can of worms because contingency lawyers who have been inappropriately fired almost always seek payment for their time and expenses.

Firing an attorney can lead to the potential of duplicating attorney’s fees when the victim needs to retain a new lawyer. It is much better to do your homework upfront and be very selective in who you hire to help you with your case.

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Greg Baumgartner

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Greg Baumgartner has practiced personal injury law since 1984. He holds not one but two law degrees and is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College. He is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Mr. Baumgartner has earned a reputation for exemplary results for his clients. And has been preeminent rated for decades and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Expertise, Newsweek, Houstonia magazine, and many others. He has given educational talks to lawyers and many media interviews regarding personal injury cases.